Posters Against Plastic Pollution

International multi-cultural students poster project with design departments of 35 academies and universities from all five continents.

The participating institutions are from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Denmark, Finland, Germany, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Mozambique, New Zealand, Peru, Russia, South Africa, Sweden, Uruguay, USA, and Venezuela. It was not a general tender. It is a non-commercial project.

More than 50 professor colleagues with more than 1000 students collaborated in the project, either in workshops or as semester work. Each participating institution contributed up to 10 best posters, so that there is a collection of c. 350 posters.

The exciting and outstanding posters should contribute to raise global awareness about the gigantic global plastic pollution of the oceans, to influence a responsible use of plastic, and encourage sustainable thinking and behavior.

The students’ posters as the visual voice of the youth of the world are a call to preserve the Creation –  our blue planet.

The students were briefed by extensive information material. So that the posters cover by their design all aspects of plastic pollution. E.g. environmental pollution of coasts and beaches; fish and seabirds eat plastic parts and die a cruel death; micro plastics from synthetic clothes in the sea; scientists have detected plastic in fish we eat and even in sea salt.

The global communications project is directed and curated by Helmut Langer, Germany (, internationally renowned communication designer and worldwide experienced lecturer, as well a Past President of the International Council of Design. The project was only possible with the fantastic and dedicated cooperation with the professor colleagues, who are part of or have been recommended by Helmut’s global network. A big thank you to them and to the students of course!

It is a great honour for the posters to be part of the UN WORLD OCEAN DAY platform where they get worldwide attention. Because of space limit only a selection of the posters can be shown. They represent all others – they are all part of OCEAN POSTERS against plastic pollution!

Meanwhile selections were exhibited in Argentina, Chile, China, Germany, India, Peru, Slovakia, and USA. Other exhibitions will follow as the COVID pandemic allows.

Above posters (selection) from top, left to right are from:

Ireland, Limerick School of Art & Design/LIT: Nicola O’Sulivan (heading).  Venezuela, Instituto de Diseño Darias IDDAR de Caracas: Pablo Rodriguez.  Argentina Universidad CAECE: Sofia Casavilla.  Australia, Swinburne University: Christine von Arnim.  South Africa, Pearson Institute of Higher Education: Corien Cloete.  South Africa, University of Pretoria: Rudo Zijena.  Sweden, Beckmans Designhögskola: Sara Dunker.  USA, Missouri State University: Grace Chipley.  Uruguay, Universidad Católica del Uruguay: Guilerina García, Belén Pazos.  Uruguay, Universidad ORT: Constanza Fierro.   Brazil, Instituto Mauá de Tecnologia: Guilherme Crusco.  China, Central Academy of Fine Arts: Zhang Rui.  China, Gengdan Academy of Design: Yu Zhou,  China, Hubei University of Technology:  Zhou Yang.  China, Fine Arts School of Hangzhou Normal University: Wenjie Zhu.  Colombia, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana Cali: Danny Wang.  Germany, ecosign Akademie für Gestaltung: Angelina Bange.  Germany, Merz Akademie Hochschule für Gestaltung: Lisa Tröger.  Denmark, Design School Hoejer: Svend Brandt. Finland, University of Lapland: Meri Aisala.  Italy, Politecnico di Milano School of Design:  Dela Pepa/ Gentile/ Rondi/ Sapone.  Indonesia, IDS International Design School: Dwiko, Patriotti, Setyoro.  Indonesia, Matana University: Santoso, Alfariz, Anesta.  India, DJ Academy of Design: Arun Thilak.  India, GLS University, Institute of Design: Anaya Sheth.  Iran, Pars University: Mehradad Mozayeni.  Iran, University of Tehran: Kosar A. Fatah.  Mexico, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana: Luis Flores.  Mozambique, Universidada Pedagógica de Moçambique: Victor Macovela.  New Zealand, Auckland University of Technology: Pascoe.  Peru, Universidad San Ignacio De Loyola: Enrique Vargas.  Russia, The Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration: Marina Kuzina.  Chile, Universidad Diego Portales: Fernanda Cabezas, Juan Hirmas y Sofía Barrenechea.  USA, The Fashion Institute of Technology New York City: Lim.  USA, Western Connecticut State University: J. Navarro.  Italy, Politecnico di Milano School of Design: Asia Balzarotti, Nicolò Grandieri, Giada Lo Duca, Matteo Rinaldi.  Uruguay, Universidad ORT: Victoria Gutiérrez.

Participating professors:

Luciano Alem, Agustina Cosulich; Emily Wright; Claudia Facca, Everaldo Pereira; Barbara Pino A., Claudia Jimenez, Camila Carrasco; Xiao Yong; Zhu Jun; Diego Bermúdez; Rikke Hansen; Pinja Metsäkoivu; Helmut Langer; Joost Bottema; Anil Sinha, Hemang Anglay; Anjila Puri, Menon Djad; Evelyn Huang; Yuka Dian Narendra, Bramanta Octa Danuputra; Maryam Khalili, Sadaf Rostamkhani; Adrian Byrne, Eamon Spelman; Elena Caratti, Helmut Langer, Leonardo Romano; Martha Isabel Flores Avalos, Jorge Contreras Cárdenas, Roberto Padilla Sobrado, Alfonso Machorro Florencio, Maria de Jesús Gómez Cruz; Daniel Dinis da Costa, Marcos Muthewuye; Johnson Witehira; Rafael Vivanco; Serge Serov, Yuri Gulitov; Bianca Le Cornu, Vallentine Kekana, Felix van Schalkwyk, Klarabell Holden, Nivesh Rawatlal, Pienaar van Niekerk, Shani van der Hoven; Amy van Vuuren, Michelle van Aswegen; Samira Bouabana; Matilde Rosello, Diego Fernández, Valentina Raggio, Ana Ines Pepe; Gustavo Woiciechowski, Gabriela Nisizaki; Leslie Cober-Gentry; Cedomir Kostovic; Santiago Pol.

Supported by:

Monica Angelina, Subrata Bhowmick, Alejandro di Candia Bocage, Riitta Brusila, Oscar Castellanos, María Alejandra Cormons, Stephen Huxley, José Korn Bruzzone, Mohammed Jogie, Ziad Al-Kadri, Paul Lange, Uranio Stefane Mahanjane, Peggy McConnell, Carolin Möller, Mary Mullin, Marie Isabel Musselman, Mary Nagle, Daniel Nieco, Tony O’Hanlon, Balaram Singanapalli, Maca Prima Sofi, Cathy Veninga, Tyra von Zweigbergk.

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